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North Captiva Beach


About 8 miles north of Pine Island is North Captiva. We can hop in the boat and be there in about 1/2 an hour. What do you think?

  • May 3
Tarpon Lodge For Dinner

Tarpon Lodge for Dinner

This is second time we have been to Tarpon Lodge for dinner and again it was excellent – dinner was delicious, the service was good and the sunset view over the marina was perfect. After dinner, we strolled out to the docks to eye the beautiful fishing boats – another nice night on Pine Island.

  • Oct 16
Pine Island Sound

Out On The Sound

With the hurricane past, I ventured back out on Pine Island Sound and it was beautiful. I saw a pod of dolphins, a big Ray jumped about 5 feet out of the water and I noticed that the Osprey are back in town. The Osprey were perched on the pole tops, one  with a fish in its claws. This photo, taken at sunset, is of marker #12 just off St. James City.

  • Sep 26
Hurricane Irma On Pine Island

Good Luck Shines On Pine Island

For two days straight weather reports showed the track of Hurricane Irma heading directly for the Sanibel/Pine Island area. Ultimately, she made landfall south of us and then jogged eastward swerving around our little island. The jog over land also decreased storm surge significantly. We got lucky and had minimal storm damage. This photo is of a downed palm tree – the interior wood is actually soft and squishy, like a sponge.

  • Sep 20
Pine Island Fl Hardware Store

St. James City Hardware Store

Independent hardware stores are rare these days. Today, we met Mike of Pine Island Hardware & Marine Supplies who helped us find just what we were looking for – stainless steel bolts for our boat restoration project. Pine Island has two hardware stores, one at the center and one down in St. James City. We hope you’ll help support them both!

  • Aug 17
Matlacha FL Post Office

Funky Matlacha Post Office

The wall of the Matlacha Post Office has a colorful fish mural that stretches perhaps 30 feet (look in the upper right for the PO sign). We’ll try to learn who the artist is.

  • Aug 17

Dolphins in the Canal

There have been a lot of dolphins in our canal lately. We love seeing them! This morning three dolphins swim down the canal and around the pilings – probably looking for food. We ran out and took a quick video. Enjoy!

  • Aug 7
Pine Island Fl Lime Tree

Little Lime Tree

Finally, the limes from our little Persian lime tree have grown large enough to pick! So last night I cut a lime wedge and squeezed it into a Vodka on the rocks. Unfortunately, it was a bit tart – perhaps it wasn’t ripe or maybe not the same kind as store bought? Anyone out there know about limes?

  • Jul 28
July 4th On Pine Island, Fl

July 4th on Pine Island

This morning they closed the main road for half an hour for the annual 4th of July parade. We took the kids and dog up to watch the floats go by and collect candy. We got plenty of gum, lollipops, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls, and more good things. This is a photo of the horses. It’s always such a great hometown event.

  • Jul 4
Royal Poinciana In Florida

Spanish Moss on Flamboyants

This is a photo my daughter took from the playground in St. James City. These are Flamboyant trees in bright red bloom covered in hanging Spanish Moss. Another name for Flamboyant trees is Royal Poinciana. They are mostly evergreen and make fantastic shade trees. They are found in South Florida, throughout the Caribbean and all over the world in tropical climates.

  • Jul 1
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